Woodsworth College and the Peter Bronfman Courtyard
University of Toronto, 1992
119 St. George Street
Woodsworth College, University of Toronto
A new courtyard for Woodsworth College creates a home for part-time studies at the University of Toronto.
A new L-shaped classroom and office building with a seasonally adjustable cloister frames a mid-block courtyard behind a string of heritage houses on St. George Street. Its quirky circulation system invites you in from multiple directions and idiosyncratically stitches a series of preexisting buildings – former drill hall and officers’ mess, heritage houses, garage, etc. – together into a coherent new whole.
The principal and vice principal of Woodsworth College insisted on quality materials throughout, which had the effect of elevating the overall expectations for new architecture on the University of Toronto campus.
A light, gestural layer of support elements – fountain, timber credenza, garden and cloister benches – is played against the quiet, deferential new masonry architecture of the courtyard wall.
Woodsworth College is one of two key transitional projects that enabled KPMB to rise successfully from Barton Myers Associates as a new firm in its own right.
BARTON MYERS ARCHITECT INC. / KPMB ARCHITECTS: Thomas Payne (KPMB partner-in-charge), Siamak Hariri (associate-in-charge), Barton Myers, David Pontarini, Victoria Gregory, Mitchell Hall
Yolles Partnership ltd. (structural), Merber Corporation (mechanical/ electrical), A.J. Vermeulen inc. (cost), Ferris McCluskey Quinn & Associates (landscape)